LIX TAMERLANE 205; residence and the seat of my empire ; yet thou, air insignificant individual, hast pretended to give away both Samarcand and Bokhara as the price of a little black mole setting off the features of a pretty face ; for thou hast said in one of thy verses : If that fair maiden of Shiraz would accept my love, I would give for the dark mole which adorns her cheek Samarcand and Bokhara." Hafiz bowed to the ground, and replied : " Alas ! O Prince, it is this prodigality which is the cause of the misery in which you see me." The repartee delighted Tamerlane so much that he treated the poet with kindness and generosity. The Campaigns with Toktamish, A.H. 790-793 (1388- 1291).—Toktamish, the head of the Eastern or White Horde, was a great figure on the stage of Russia, Moscow being sacked by him in A.D. 1382. The sovereignty of the Western or Golden Horde also passed into his family, and thereby the two elder branches of the family of Juji1 became united. Tamerlane had helped him when a refugee, but with marked folly and ingratitude he took advantage of his absence in Fars to invade Transoxiana, where he defeated the force which met him, and ravaged the country. The Great Conqueror returned to Central Asia, and after a long and exhausting march across the uninhabited steppe, at last, aided by the treachery of the standard-bearer of Toktamish, defeated the representative of the house of Juji at the Battle of Terek, inflicting on him heavy losses. The Campaign in Fars and Irak, A.H. 794-795 (1392- 1393).—In A.H. 794 (1392), hearing that the state of affairs in' Persia was unsatisfactory, or more probably wishing to extend his conquests farther west, Tamerlane decided on another Persian campaign. He marched as before by way of Astrabad and Amul, reducing various strongholds which had held out against him and extirpat- ing a nest of Ismailis, which had escaped from the massacre by Hulagu. 1 Mohamedaft Dynasties, p, 228.